Greece is one of the most complete and special countries for tourism; whether you want to know the history of the great heroes and gods of these lands, or see some of the best beaches and islands in the Mediterranean. But something that you cannot ignore if you go to this country is visiting Athens.
Athens is the capital of Greece, and one of the places where you can learn more about the culture and history of the country, which is over 3,000 years old and is one of the richest in the world. In addition, you can get lost in a city full of magic and taste its amazing gastronomy.
The best thing is that, if your plans are to visit various destinations within Greece, you can take one of the excursions from Athens; so you can visit the most famous tourist destinations in the city or its surroundings in a short time.
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The best things to do in Athens
On your visit to this beautiful city there are some must-do things to experience all that Athens has to offer. Prepare your travel itinerary in advance and include as many things from this list as you can.
Tour the Acropolis
The Acropolis is the main tourist attraction in Athens and contains almost the entire history of the city in the form of ruins and archaeological sites. In this area you will find the well-known Parthenon of Athens, the Theater of Dionysus, the Temple of Erechtheion and many other buildings with great historical value.
Because this part of the city is located on a hill more than 150 meters high, it is also the perfect point to have the best views of all of Athens. Currently the area is full of luxury restaurants and shops, so it is an incredible experience both day and night. With a travel agency you can get the best tours to see the Acropolis at any time.
Visit the Acropolis Museum
Many of the archaeological pieces and important parts of the history of the Acropolis have had to be moved to the Acropolis Museum, which is also one of the most important museums in the world.
Here you can find all the artistic monuments that have been found, such as busts, statues, carved parts of buildings and more. In this way their conservation is ensured and it is a better way for tourists to learn about the history of the city.
The museum is to the west of Athens, and is an ideal way to learn a lot about the archeology of the area without having to go all over the city.
Know the Temple of Zeus
Many consider the Temple of Zeus to be the most beautiful place in Athens, because there are beautiful views of the city and the Acropolis. You can still see a little of what was the majestic Temple of Zeus, next to the great monument in honor of the emperor in charge of completing the construction of the temple, Hadrian’s Gate. These monuments are only 10 minutes from the Acropolis, so it will not be a problem to visit everything in one day.
Shop in the Central Market
After visiting the historical places, you should go to the Central Market to learn more about the people and culture of Athens. In this market you will see the great movement of daily life in the city, and you will get handicrafts and products, such as meats and fruits, of the highest quality. This place is usually crowded with people, so you will need a bit of patience to be able to do your shopping.
The Central Market is also full of restaurants that make delicious meals with fresh produce. As we mentioned at the beginning, Greek gastronomy is one of the best in the world, and this place will be one of the best to get a good meal at a great price.
If you want to plan your visit perfectly, you might want to consider a tailor made tour such as those offered by Greek TravelTellers which you can customize yourself based on your personal preferences, and can include all the places mentioned in this list plus more.